Prince William is to become the patron of the London Imperial War Museum’s Foundation, a charity which has been established in order to raise money for First World War Centenary galleries at the Museum.
The new galleries, which will open in the summer of 2014, will enhance and redisplay the Museum’s collection relating to the Great War of 1914-1918.
The First World War Centenary Galleries are to be the first in a series of redevelopment projects due to take place in the next ten years.
Of his latest Patronage, Prince William said:
“The creation of the First World War galleries, just as the last of the generation who fought in the Great War has passed away, could not come at a more important time.
“The galleries will play a vital public service, ensuring that future generations never forget what happened in the Great War.
“The Imperial War Museum will bring alive the sacrifice and the horrors of the war, so that the millions who died for our Nation are remembered and honoured for generations to come.
“I am truly honoured to be Patron of such an important appeal.”
Lord Rothermere, Chairman of Imperial War Museum Foundation, was “honoured” that the British Prince agreed to the Patronage, he told:
“The Trustees of the Imperial War Museum Foundation are exceptionally honoured that HRH Prince William of Wales has agreed to become our Patron.
“The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014 will be a moment of paramount importance in our nation’s history, as we remember all those who died in the horror of that War and renew the commitment of future generations to their eternal memory.
“The Imperial War Museum will have a crucial role to play in that national commemoration, and Prince William’s clear devotion to such a great cause will help our Foundation play its part in delivering a fitting and permanent tribute.
“We are extremely grateful to him for his enthusiasm and support.”
The Imperial War Museum’s Foundation shall be the 21st Presidency or Patronage to be taken up by HRH Prince William, others include:
- 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ Philanthropic Initiatives -Patron (from 1/1/2010)
- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) – President (from 21/02/2010)
- Centrepoint – Patron (from 13/09/2005)
- The Child Bereavement Charity – Patron (12/03/2009)
- The English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA) – Patron (from 16/05/2007)
- The Foundation of the College of St. George – Vice President (from 22/08/2008)
- The Football Association – President (from 01/05/2006)
- Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund – Joint Patron (with Prince Harry, from 08/01/2009)
- The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple – Royal Master of the Bench (from 06/07/2009)
- HMS Alliance Conservation Appeal – Patron (from 10/06/2008)
- Mountain Rescue (England and Wales) – Patron (from 16/05/2007)
- National Memorial Arboretum Future Foundations Appeal – Patron (from 24/04/2009)
- Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge (Fields in Trust) – Patron (from 07/06/2010)
- Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Patron (from 10/09/2008)
- The Royal Marsden Hospital – President (from 16/05/2007)
- The Royal Society – Fellow (from 02/07/2009)
- Scott-Amundsen Centenery Race 2011/2012 – Patron (from 20/11/2010)
- Skill Force – Patron (from 26/02/2009)
- The Tusk Trust -Patron (from 19/12/2005)
- The Welsh Rugby Union – Vice Royal Patron (from 04/02/2007)